Museums

Veterans Military Museum Depot

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100 West Main St
West Frankfort, IL 62896
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The Veterans Museum Depot is a restored C&I railroad depot filled with memorabilia from the Civil War to Desert Storm. It has uniforms of all branches of service, a purple heart, horse saddles from World War I, insignias & patches, gas masks, a World War II communication system and many other items on display. Many young boys of the Rend Lake area left from this depot to go to war.


Admission Free / Donations Accepted

Call or check website for seasonal hours.

Please verify before travel. This information is provided as a courtesy and is subject to change.


The Veterans Museum Depot is only 10 miles south of Rend Lake, on IL State Highway 149.

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Franklin Area Historical Museum

Address:
2000 East St Louis St
West Frankfort, IL 62896
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The Frankfort Area Historical Museum is in the former two story brick Logan School! It features area coal mining history featuring mines and minerals. Memorabilia from 1802-1976 includes a vintage phonograph player and 1950 television. Memorabilia is set up with themes to make displays interesting and attractive. Visit the genealogy library, a quilting room, the pioneer kitchen, an art and music room and the Red Geranium Tea Room that serves homemade lunch.


Admission Free / Donations Accepted 

Call or check facebook for seasonal hours or to make a reservation for the Red Geranium Tea Room.


Please verify before travel. This information is provided as a courtesy and is subject to change.


The Frankfort Area Historical Museum is only 10 miles south of Rend Lake, just east of Interstate 57 Exit 65 then east on IL-149. 

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Old Franklin County Jail Museum

Address:
209 West Main St
Benton, IL 62812
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The 1905 Franklin County Jail Museum was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. The displays in this amazing museum houses memorabilia from The Beatles' George Harrison's first trip to the United States to visit his sister Louise in Benton Illinois, to actor John Malkovich, basketball star Doug Collins, Civil War General John A. Logan and gangster Charlie Birger, the last convicted criminal to be hanged in Illinois. See actual jail cells used to house Charlie Birger and a replica of the noose and gallows used to hang him. .


Admission $4.00 / Donations Accepted 

Please verify before travel. This information is provided as a courtesy and is subject to change.


The 1905 Franklin County Jail Museum is only 5 miles south of Rend Lake, just West of the Benton Square on IL 14

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West Franklin County Museum

Address:
2130 School House Rd
Mulkeytown, IL 62865
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The West Franklin County Museum is located in a former Mulkeytown school building. It contains artifacts, memorabilia, and hundreds of photographs, which depict lifestyles and the people from the early days of Franklin County. The one room school house display, the train room, and a rock and mineral collection are each a special interest. 

It has a large multi-purpose area where community groups come together for fundraisers and fun. The meals and seasonal craft fairs are all refreshing events that have a feel of the past and shows off this local community's pride, fellowship and willingness to work. The West Franklin County Museum is only 1 mile from the Silkwood Inn Museum. Make 1 trip and visit 2 museums, just call ahead to schedule.


Admission Free / Donations Accepted

Call to schedule a tour or to check event schedules and seasonal hours.

Please verify before travel. This information is provided as a courtesy and is subject to change.


The West Franklin County Museum is only 10 miles southwest of beautiful Rend Lake, just south of IL-14 on IL-184.

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1910 Franklin County Garage & Auto Museum

Address:
211 North Main St
Benton, IL 62812
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The original building was constructed in 1910 as a Ford franchise and garage. It has been restored to its original condition and still has 2 sets of garage pulley systems that were used to power several mechanical devices. It has vintage signs and a clock-face gas pump. The list of vintage cars includes a 1912 Model T "Huckster" that belonged to gangster, Charlie Birger, the last convicted criminal to be hanged in Illinois, a 1914 Model T Touring Vehicle, a 1916 Dort Automobile, a 1926 Model T "Doctor's Coup" Automobile, a 1928 Chevrolet Roadster, a 1931 Hupmobile, a carriage from the 1880s and more. 


Admission Free / Donations Accepted


Call or check website for seasonal hours. Please verify before travel. This information is provided as a courtesy and is subject to change.


The 1910 Franklin County Garage & Auto Museum is only 5 miles south of Rend Lake and just North of the Benton Square on IL 37 and 14.

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Rend Lake Tourism